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Abstract

MED3/343: Networked Learner Support in Continuing Medical Education

L Fox; E Dolman; D Hornby; P Lane; A O'Rourke; C Roberts; T Roscoe

University of Sheffield Community Sciences Centre, Sheffield, UK



ABSTRACT

Introduction: This paper reports data from the second year of the WISDOM research project. This project has established a framework for the delivery of continuing medical education and professional development using information and communication technologies, with a particular focus on networked professional development (NPD) for clinical governance.
Methods: An action research project.
Results: The association of a web site providing resource materials (tutorials, electronic links and other information) with networking technologies, such as e-mail discussion groups and newsgroups, has been demonstrated to be effective in delivering curricula in informatics, evidence-based practice and reflective practice. The virtual classroom may be adapted to serve a number of objectives, and can be adapted to operate as a virtual conference and as a mechanism for research data collection methods, such as the Delphi methodology. The project's findings indicate that there is a need for a coherent policy of networked learner support (NLS) in such virtual classrooms. NLS includes:
  • support on the development of adult-learning and reflection skills in participants
  • active facilitation of learning within an adult-learning model
  • mechanisms for assessment which reflect adult learning approaches (for example, a portfolio approach or personal learning plan)
  • a mechanism for mentoring participants to enable them to achieve their learning objectives
Conclusion: It is argued that NPD and NLS must be further researched if information and communication technologies are to be fully exploited as delivery mechanisms in professional development.

(J Med Internet Res 1999;1(suppl1):e46)
doi:10.2196/jmir.1.suppl1.e46

KEYWORDS

Education, Medical, Graduate; Information technology; Networked Professional Development; Networked Learner Support




Edited by G. Eysenbach; This is a non-peer-reviewed article. published 19.09.99

Please cite as:
Fox L, Dolman E, Hornby D, Lane P, O'Rourke A, Roberts C, Roscoe T
MED3/343: Networked Learner Support in Continuing Medical Education
J Med Internet Res 1999;1(suppl1):e46
URL: http://www.jmir.org/1999/suppl1/e46/
doi: 10.2196/jmir.1.suppl1.e46
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